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Tuba Doctoral Candidate Wins Top Prizes at Three Summer Competitions

Preston Light, a CCM tuba doctoral candidate, won three major solo performance competitions this summer to earn total of $3,500 in cash prizes and a full-tuition scholarship to the Brevard Music Center’s 2017 summer festival.

In May, Light took home the first prize at the International Tuba Euphonium Convention’s Mock Band Audition, a three-round audition where prominent tuba and euphonium players judged up to 12 excerpts from each participant. The grand prize of the mock audition was $1,000 in cash.

Preston Light with guest artist Alessandro Fossi at the Leonard Falcone Euphonium and Tuba Festival.

Preston Light with guest artist Alessandro Fossi at the Leonard Falcone Euphonium and Tuba Festival.

Next, Light was one of six outstanding young musicians who won the Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition at the Brevard Music Center. Attendees of the Brevard Music Center’s summer festival are allowed to compete in the concerto competition, where they perform one movement of a concerto from the official repertoire list from memory. Winners get to perform their selected concerto with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra and also receive full scholarships for the next year’s summer festival at Brevard.

Earlier this month Light competed in the Tuba Artist Competition at the Leonard Falcone Euphonium and Tuba Festival, where he also claimed the first prize in his division. This award comes with prestige and a $2,500 cash prize.

About Preston Light
Preston Light is a doctoral tuba student studying with Timothy Northcut at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music. He graduated with a master’s degree in tuba performance from CCM in 2016 and earned a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University in 2010. Preston has been an active solo and chamber musician across the country, participating in many competitions including the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the International Tuba Euphonium Association Convention and the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival. Preston has also been a fellow at the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina. During his undergraduate years, Preston was a member of the internationally acclaimed Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble, where he was a featured soloist and performed at Carnegie Hall. Preston can be heard on its latest CD, “Evolutions.” His other teachers include R. Winston Morris and Jimmie Self.

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Story by CCM graduate student Alexandra Doyle